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Brian and Teresa's 2016Run

GMGOC August Run

On Tuesday 30th August 13 cars turned up at the Barrow Wake View Point for Brian & Teresa’s evening run. It was a lovely sunny evening and the view across the Vale of Gloucester towards the Barrow Wake derives its name from the discovery in 1879, by workmen quarrying for stone, of a late Iron Age burial (c. 50 AD). Three skeletons were discovered and associated with the central figure, that of a woman aged about thirty years, a rich array of grave goods including the world famous Birdlip Mirror. The finds represent some of the finest surviving examples of British Celtic metal work and are displayed in Gloucester City Museum.



Unfortunately only 12 cars started the run as Tony & Jane’s developed a fault - thought to be an ignition coil problem - on its way to the meeting point.






The route took the cars to Birdlip and down through Buckholt Woods to Cranham Corner on the A46 before entering the narrow lanes to Sheepscombe where they passed the Butchers Arms, War Memorial and Methodist Chapel on their way towards Bulls Cross. Here despite the ‘slight’ error on the tulip diagram they took a sharp right and descended a 1:7 slope eventually to arrive in Painswick.




After a mile on the A46 a sharp left into Pincot Lane took them via Wick Street to Stroud. Here they followed the Slad Valley for 1½ miles until a right turn took them plunging down to The Vatch and then up a very steep, narrow, tightly winding road eventually to arrive at Bisley. Here a road closure - only discovered the day before the run - required a very tight left turn in order to get to Waterlane and drop down through the woods to The Daneway Inn (recently re-opened following refurbishment). Then on to Daglingworth. After negotiating the complicated junction with the A417 they drove part of the Welsh Way parallel to the A417 to get to the ‘wheel wash’ in Middle Duntisbourne. Then a couple of miles of country lanes brought them to The Highwayman Inn.

Sadly, somewhere near Bisley, Martin and Nicki lost their clutch and had to limp home. Luckily there was no shortage of volunteers to eat their food.



At The Highwayman we had the dining room all to ourselves where we ate on one long table. Judging by the empty plates everyone enjoyed their food before departing for home. Rumours that the A417 towards Gloucester was closed for roadworks proved to be unfounded although from the lack of traffic I suspect it must have been closed nearer Cirencester.




Thank you to all who supported us and we hope you enjoyed the evening.




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